Video by @amivitale. In #Dhaka, #climatechange #refugees are moving from the countryside and into squalid slums due to environmental degradation. Like millions of others, Alam Mia has been forced to make the teeming capital of Dhaka his home. I followed his journey as he left his home in search of a livelihood in the city. Dhaka feels more like a foreign country than home. For his family, it is a struggle for survival. Alam Mia is trapped. His move to the city is not a beginning full of possibilities. Koral Dhaka's largest slum signifies the bitter culmination of his dreams.
The situation is at once ironic and unjust. The poorest are the most affected by climate change but they are the least responsible for it. With more informed choices we can alter, not only the fate of #Bangladesh, but the whole planet. The country's future, however, and the fate of its impoverished millions, will be determined not necessarily by rising sea levels, but by the behavior of its citizens, neighbors and outside powers. Whether it becomes one of the great human tragedies of our time or a model for the future depends on these choices; what happens next is in our hands. Right now Bangladesh appears far away, but our planet's ecosystem is an intricate web and the lessons learned here, are important for all of humanity.
I made this film as part of my thesis with my lovely, talented friends Ashima Narain @ashimanarain and @mickdavie. It was selected for the Toronto film festival and as a newcomer film at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film festival in 2011.
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